Intervention, Awards and Redesign

KillCityHaul11I’ve just returned home from a trip to Melbourne (about 900kms to the east of the city I live in). The primary purpose of the trip was to spend time with family I don’t see very often but somehow reading featured heavily in all sorts of ways and I have started to wonder if I need an intervention.

One of the things that made me worry was my visit to Kill City which is a used book shop specialising in crime fiction books. Obviously for someone of my reading preferences it’s a pretty sweet place to visit but it was hardly a necessity. Before the trip I had something like 100 crime fiction books in my dedicated TBR shelves (and another 50 or so non crime related books). So why did I even go to the store? And why on earth did I walk away with all these —>?

What really made me wonder about whether or not I need an intervention was seeing the ‘X days to go’ Dan Brown widget on a website and wondering if I could fix one of those for the 3rd book in the Stieg Larsson millenium trilogy.

My name is Bernadette and I am an addict. Despite a complete absence of need it seems I cannot stop myself from acquiring more reading choices. What about you? Are you more controlled? Do you have any tips on controlling your acquisitive nature? Or should I stop worrying?

I arrived home to discover some delightful blog-related news. Firstly, Danish blogger Dorte from DJ’s Krimiblog awarded me the Kreativ Blogger award. It’s always nice to be recognised by fellow bloggers and I would urge you to visit Dorte’s blog if you haven’t already done so. As well as bilingual reviews the blog features her own short fiction, some author interviews and the fiendish Bait in the Box posts which offer opening lines from a book she is reading and blog readers are urged to leave clues about the book title and author. I am supposed to list 7 of my favourite things as a recipient of the award. So, in no particular order: taking a great photo, walking in the early morning, lying in bed listening to the rain on the roof and knowing I don’t have to get up, scrunching through autumn leaves, sharing a great bottle of wine with friends, singing Billy Bragg songs at the top of my voice and the tingle of anticipation when opening the pages of a book by an author I’ve never read

My second piece of good news was that someone nominated me for the Reviews category in Book Blogger Appreciation Week. When I spent an hour or so going through the BBAW award categories making my own nominations it honestly didn’t occur to me that I might get nominated. So I am very chuffed and very grateful to you. Whoever you are.

And my final piece of blog-y news is that I’ve had a bit of a redesign of the site. You’ll have worked this out if you’re reading this post at the blog but a lot of you read via an RSS reader so you’ll have missed all the excitement. The redesign is partly due to me having some time on my hands today (well technically the time was for things like housework, grocery shopping and other chores but I didn’t fancy any of that) and partly due to my frustrations with some of the limitations of the other wordpress template I was using. This one seems much easier to use and allowed me to use a custom header (which you’ll notice I very creatively added a photo of some books to – you haven’t seen that before on a book blog have you?).

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8 Responses to Intervention, Awards and Redesign

  1. Barbara says:

    I like Diamond Dove being right in the middle of your custom header. This is nice, though I liked your previous look, too.

    I don’t use a feed reader partly because I enjoy the varied look of blogs. Also I would suffer from the blog-feed version of your book addiction and it would get horribly out of hand.


  2. Kerrie says:

    I had to look twice to make sure I was in the right place – now I can’t remember what it used to look like!


  3. Maxine says:

    I see Steig has sneaked in there at the end of the shelf, too, Bernadette 😉

    I am one of those RSS readers but of course on reading your post I had to come over to make a comment and to see your new look, which I like. You like green, I see (your previous look had a green sense to it). Whenever I change my blog’s look, I am always happiest when blue is in it somewhere ,though I have run through greys, purples and yes, on occasion, green.

    As to the other topic, yes I am an addict. Once a year I get to clear my groaning shelves a little bit when I go on holiday and am not distracted by work or domestic jobs. I managed to get through 16 books this year but already I think I have bought as many, and I’ve not been back 2 weeks. It is hopeless. I keep reading reviews and conversations on the internet of books that sound irresistible, then clicking over to Amazon…. then I can’t resist bookshops when I walk past, I get offered (and sometimes just plain sent) review copies, etc. What is the solution? I cannot think of a cure.


  4. bernadetteinoz says:

    Yes Maxine I do like green…at least on the screen. All the templates I was deciding between had some green element.

    Lots of my favourite books are in the photo but you can’t always see the whole title. I spent a silly amount of time trying to squeeze in as many as possible – there’s a limit to what you can do with a few hundred pixels though 🙂


  5. Cathy says:

    Here’s another RSS nosy parker coming to take a look. I really like the new template and header! Also…congratulations on the award and the BBAW nomination. Both very well-deserved!


  6. Jennie nash says:

    The redesign is nice — very clean and easy to read. Nice job!


  7. Jovenus says:

    Well done Bernadette! On the award and re-design. I like blog theme which make full use of the computer screen though, wonder why most of them come with fixed-width?

    I’m an incorrigible book addict, hence named my blog bibliojunkie, self-explanatory. I “try” to cure my addiction by psyching my mind to believe that I don’t have enough space at home to keep all those books, and most of the time I don’t go back and re-read the books that I have read. What I do these days is to walk into public libraries, pick up books that I think I would read (and I usually read all of them, having as many as 12 at one time), then I go home and see all of them pile up high and get a little high on having those books on my shelf for awhile…. and then I tell myself I have to return to the libraries by a certain date and if I want to own any of the library books that I have read I can purchase a copy later (which I never get around to do it)!

    It works quite effectively for me, not sure if it works for others. but worth a try. 🙂


  8. cliffbott says:

    ‘My name is Bernadette and I am an addict. Despite a complete absence of need it seems I cannot stop myself from acquiring more reading choices. What about you? Are you more controlled? Do you have any tips on controlling your acquisitive nature? Or should I stop worrying?’

    If you enjoy it and it doesn’t interfere with the rest of your life, why worry?

    I used to read a lot of crime fiction/thrillers up until about 15 years ago. Then over the course of about a year I wrote one of my own (it remains unpublished, which is probably just as well). After that I read with a much more critical eye and my reading dwindled to a few books a year. If you’re looking for a cure, it might work for you too.


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